This post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’m writing/preaching to myself.
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Resolved, to never act or think in a way that would propose that I am in any way my own, but to remember that I am entirely God’s.
What and Why?
Here’s where I explain what I mean and why it matters.
I Didn’t Make Me
Psalm 139:13,15 says it like this:
“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.”
I Didn’t Birth Me
In God’s grace, he saw fit to give me two wonderful parents, a comfortable home, food to eat, schools to attend, and a whole lot of opportunities that a large percentage of the world can’t even imagine. I could just as easily have born in a slum and raised in poverty.
That decision was not my own. It had nothing to do with luck either.
I Didn’t Protect Me
I’ve made some dumb choices, been in a lot of dangerous situations, and have had my share of close calls. For all intents and purposes, I should not still be here. Yet, here I am. God has been patient, merciful, and kind with me.
I Didn’t Save Me
Again, I’m just going to let Scripture speak for me:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 ESV
I Didn’t Fix Me
Here’s who I was before God found me:
Dark and depressing? Absolutely, but that’s what makes the good news so good.
Here’s who He says I am now:
- “spotless” 1 Peter 1:19
- “new” 2 Corinthians 5:17
- “a child of God” John 1:12
- “justified” Romans 5:1
- “righteous” Romans 8:4
How and When?
Here’s where I look at ways to practically apply this resolution to my life.
- When I’m tempted to pridefulness or arrogance, remember that I really can’t take credit for anything.
- Persistently pursue an attitude of stewardship as opposed to ownership in matters of time, talents, treasures, and relationships.
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